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Expansion of Virginia Human Rights Act

Effective July 1, 2021, Virginia further expands the scope of the Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA) to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.  The state also enacted protections and benefits for…

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Updated Nursing Home Visitation Guidance from Centers for Medicare Services

New Visitation Guidance This supersedes the article posted to this website September 30, 2020, in this matter.  On March 10, 2021, the Centers for Medicare Services updated its nursing home…

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Medicaid’s Coverage of Nursing Home Care

For better and for worse, Medicaid is the primary method of paying for nursing home care in the United States. But navigating the Medicaid system is complicated and confusing. Here are…

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Federal Restrictions Eased on Nursing Home Visits

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance on whether families can visit loved ones in nursing homes. The guidance allows indoor visitation even when the…

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How the $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill Aids Seniors

President Biden has signed the latest COVID-19 relief bill, which in addition to authorizing stimulus checks, funding vaccine distribution, and extending unemployment benefits, also provides assistance to seniors in a…

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FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

You may have heard recently about a program announced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that will allow qualified applicants to receive reimbursement for the funeral and cremation or…

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Termination of Employment

Grounds for Termination May an employer dismiss an employee for any reason or must there be ‘cause’?  How is cause defined under the applicable statute or regulation? Unless the employer…

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Elder Law Basics CLE

Carolyn White co-taught CLE sponsored by Virginia CLE on Elder Law Basics. This class was geared for other lawyers to expand or refresh their knowledge of this fast-growing field of…

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Help Paying for Medicare

Medicare is not free; there are premiums and deductibles. If you don’t qualify for Medicaid and can’t afford a Medigap policy, you may be able to get help paying for…

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Long-Term Care Benefits for Veterans and Surviving Spouses

Long-term care costs can add up quickly. For veterans and the surviving spouses of veterans who need in-home care or are in a nursing home, help may be available. The…